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kung fu a Chinese method of self-defense involving fluid, circular movements of the hands and legs. (Cf. karate.)
Kunming a city in south central China.
Kunming Lake the sixth-largest freshwater lake in China, located in Beijing.
Kuomintang the main political party of China from 1911 to 1948, and of Taiwan since 1948.
Kurd a member of a Muslim people that lives in southeastern Turkey, northern Iran and Iraq, and the Caucasus.
Kurdish of or pertaining to the Kurds or their culture, language, or the like. [2 definitions]
kuru a fatal viral disease that affects the nervous system, occurring in New Guinea.
kurus the smaller monetary unit of Turkey. (Cf. lira.)
Kutenai a member of a tribe of North American Indians of the northwestern United States and western Canada. [2 definitions]
kuvasz any of a Hungarian breed of dog with a large strong body covered by long wavy white fur.
Kuwait a Middle Eastern country at the northern end of the Persian Gulf.
kv abbreviation of "kilovolt," or "kilovolts," a unit of electromotive force equal to one thousand volts.
kw abbreviation of "kilowatt," or "kilowatts," a unit of electrical power equal to one thousand watts.
kwacha the chief monetary unit of Malawi, equaling one hundred tambala. [2 definitions]
kwanza the chief monetary unit of Angola, equaling one hundred lwei.
Kwanzaa an African-American festival, celebrating family, community, and culture, held from December 26 to January 1.
kwashiorkor a chiefly African disease of babies and small children that is caused by malnutrition and whose symptoms include potbelly, edema, anemia, and discoloration of hair or skin.
kwh abbreviation of "kilowatt-hour," or "kilowatt-hours," a unit of electrical energy equal to one kilowatt operating for one hour.
KY abbreviation of "Kentucky," an east central U.S. state, south of Indiana and Ohio.
kyat the chief monetary unit of Myanmar, equaling one hundred pyas.
kymograph an instrument that measures and records variations, modulations, oscillations, and the like, such as those of blood pressure or the angular positions of an aircraft in flight.